A small amount of spotting during the first weeks of pregnancy may actually be what is known as implantation bleeding. This slight amount of discharge occurs as a result of the fertilized egg attaching itself to the lining of the womb. What to do and what not to do During the Implantation Bleeding Days? Here we tell you in detail below.
What Can You Do During the Implantation Bleeding Days?
Since implantation bleeding is considered normal and not an actual risk-factor, it is generally safe to carry on with normal activities, that you’ve been doing up to this point. However, for something strenuous such as a workout at the gym, you may wish to call your doctor. If you have not had a pelvic exam and a hCG test yet, let your gynecologist know you suspect (or know exactly) you are pregnant and think you may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Explain the type of exercises you are planning to do, and your doctor will tell you if it’s okay to workout during this time. Use common sense guidelines such as avoiding heavy lifting during pregnancy or beginning new and more vigorous training than what you’ve been used to. Keep in mind, that in this very early stage many women may not yet even realize they are pregnant and mistake this bleeding for the start of a regular period. In these cases, they usually carry on as usual with no consequences, only later realizing what was really happening.
What Not to Do During Implantation Bleeding Days
During the time of implantation bleeding you should wear a light panty liner or a pad to protect clothing as well as to help you keep track of the amount and heaviness of the cervical mucus. Tampons should never be worn during pregnancy, so if you interpret this early sign of expecting a child as just that, avoid them. You should also abstain from douching during implantation bleeding days, as well as during pregnancy in general. If you are aware you are carrying, with bloody discharge or otherwise, it may be best to put off travel arrangements until after the first twelve weeks, or first trimester. During this period the risk of miscarriage is the greatest. Sexual intercourse should also be postponed until after the bleeding has stopped, and can typically be safely resumed during a healthy pregnancy. Because of the presence of blood and the inability to wear tampons during this time, activities such as swimming, either in a pool or open water, should be put off until the mid-cycle discharge stops.